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Product Realization Experiences in Capstone Design Courses

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Capstone Design II

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.1072.1 - 25.1072.13



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Mohamed E. El-Sayed Kettering University

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Mohamed El-Sayed is a pioneer and technical leader in vehicle durability, vehicle integration, vehicle development process, and design optimization. Through his research, teaching, and practice, he made numerous original contributions to advance the state of the art in virtual simulation, lean, and integrated design and manufacturing in the vehicle development process. Currently, El-Sayed is a professor of mechanical engineering and Director of the Vehicle Durability and Integration Laboratory at Kettering University. He is the SAE International Journals Committee Chair. El-Sayed has more than 30 years of teaching, research, and industrial experience in the field of automotive design, development, and validation. El-Sayed was the lead engineer on the design optimization and quality, durability, and reliability (QRD) integration of several General Motors vehicles and architectures at Car group, Truck Group, and Advanced Vehicle Engineering. He has several awards from GM related to vehicle development, validation and manufacturability. El-Sayed has also worked as the Director of engineering and Chief Engineer for other automotive suppliers developing simulation software and advanced automotive components. He has advised several Ph.D. and master's students in addition to more than 100 automotive related theses. He has several patents and published more than 100 research papers.

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Product Realization Experiences in Capstone Design CoursesProduct realization is usually the main objective of most engineering processes.While the concept of realization is mostly limited to the physical build of aproduct the root of any realization starts at the conceptual level of the individualor engineering teams. Considering that engineering capstone design courses areusually centered on open- ended design projects, to provide students with teamwork and realistic design experience, it is imperative that both the concept ofrealization and the product development process be well understood whendesigning or teaching these courses.In most engineering settings the boundaries between design, problem solving, andresearch are not defined or existing due to the overlap and interconnectednessbetween all these three activities. In capstone design courses it is important tounderstand the three activities and when the transition from one to another hasoccurred. In this paper, the concept of realization is revisited to differentiate therole of design from problem solving and research and identify when one activityturns into another. Also, to improve the realization experience in the context ofengineering capstone design courses the product design and developmentprocesses are studied. Clear understanding of these processes and their relation torealization is the key for having realistic expectations and achieving the courseoutcomes. To illustrate the concepts and processes discussed several examples arepresented.

El-Sayed, M. E. (2012, June), Product Realization Experiences in Capstone Design Courses Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21829

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